Who will be the most sought-after players in the next transfer window?
No-one knows when the current Premier League season will end. But when, or indeed if, it does eventually conclude, all eyes will be on the transfer market and who’s moving where when the window reopens.
Whether that’s in Summer, Autumn or Winter, we don’t know just yet. What we do know, however, is that plenty of players are already catching the eye of potential suitors both at home and abroad.
Here we take you through who we think could be five of the most sought-after transfer targets when football gets back to normal.
There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned transfer saga. From Ivan Perisic being linked to Man United and Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool, we reckon a potential deal involving Sancho could be up among the greats.
A move does seem likely at least, with the Borussia Dortmund and England star admitting to feeling ‘humiliated and scapegoated’ by the club’s hierarchy at the back end of 2019. The question is, where does the 20-year-old go next?
£120m is the fee being bandied about to acquire his services. And while Man United, Liverpool, Barcelona and PSG are all being heavily linked to the exciting youngster, we think this one has a long way to run just yet.
Could it be one in, one out for Barca? The La Liga giants paid Liverpool a colossal £105m for Coutinho back in 2018, but things haven’t quite worked out for the 27-year-old in his two years at Camp Nou.
The Brazilian has netted just 13 times for the Catalan club and moved on-loan to Bayern Munich at the start of the current season. It’s a switch which has revitalised the forward who has scored eight goals in 22 matches this term.
But what’s next for a player who is simply too good to sit in Barca’s reserves? Could a permanent move to Bayern be on the cards, or will he favour a switch back to the Premier League? Only time will tell.
There are two great bonds in the Midlands; Peaky Blinders and Tommy Shelby and Jack Grealish and Aston Villa. Unfortunately for Villa fans, one of those bonds looks as though it may break in the summer.
For large swathes of the season, Grealish has carried the Villans. Without the industry, creativity and talismanic quality of the 24-year-old, Dean Smith’s men could be even deeper in the relegation mire.
However, if they do eventually drop down to the Championship, then it seems likely their star man will finally be off. Spurs and Man United both covet the midfielder, who could command a fee upwards of £60m.
Forwards don’t come much more clinical than Aubameyang. The Arsenal striker has scored 186 club goals since the start of the 2014-15 season, including 20 so far in this campaign. He’ll add to that whenever we resume.
Those goals come with an added pressure for the Gunners; Champions League football. And with the North Londoners unlikely to achieve that aim, it looks as though their main man could be heading for the exit doors.
Barcelona have already registered their interested in the 30-year-old. Liverpool, too, have been linked with the Gabonese goal-getter in recent weeks. Wherever his future lies, it appears unlikely it’ll be at the Emirates.
Norwich are a veritable pick ‘n’ mix of exciting young talent. And while the likes of Todd Cantwell, Max Aarons and Ben Godfrey all have their admirers, it’s midfield Emiliano Buendia who could spark the biggest scrap.
The Argentine ace has lit up the Premier League this season despite not always being the first name on manager Daniel Farke’s team-sheet. Indeed, the 23-year-old has started 22 out of a possible 29 PL matches.
Delve closer at his stats and they make for impressive reading. The ex-Cultural Leonesa man has chipped in with seven assists, including against Liverpool, Chelsea, Leicester, Spurs and Man City.
His technical ability puts him up there with the very best in the top-flight, and it’d be no surprise to see him earn a move to a bigger club in the summer, even if Canaries fans might not like to hear it.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication